Contemporary Romance

C+
Would Like to Meet

Does anyone ever fall in love like they do in the movies? Evie Summers has bet her job that they do. If Evie can’t convince her agency’s top screenwriter to write a rom-com, then her agency will lose a big contract and Evie will lose her job. She decides to launch herself into a campaign to find ...

A-
Kiss and Cry

There’s just something about ice skating stories. Calinda Valerio and Ramirez Diaz-Tan met a decade earlier, when they were both regulars at the same Manila rink, she for figure skating, he for hockey. Calinda was twenty, but her parents demanded she not date, lest dating, or marriage, or pregn ...

B+
Squared Away

I've enjoyed all the books in Annabeth Albert's Out of Uniform series, and although I  wasn't wild about the book before this one Wheels Up, book five, Squared Away is one of my favourites, a beautifully told story of love – romantic and familial – trust, and acceptance, featuring a gorgeous sl ...

A-
The Christmas Deal

Usually, when I’m choosing a book to read for the TBR Challenge, I pick one I already own that’s at least a year old.  I can’t remember if that’s a stipulation of the challenge or if it’s one I’ve imposed on myself – after all, the point is to read something from my ever-expanding TBR ...

B+
A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas

Having read and loved Jackie Lau's A Match Made for Thanksgiving, the first in her Holidays with the Wongs series, there was no doubt I'd be reading the next in the series. With a title like 'A Second Chance Road Trip for Christmas' it promised to be full of trope-y goodness. In fact, all that's mis ...

D+
Never Enough

Unlikable characters and hyper-hormonal behavior are the norms in Never Enough, which is only saved from an F grade by how well the author captures life on the road among modern bullriders. Brock Shaw has been a bullrider for years. Life has become a series of motel rooms and fat purses – and l ...

B
First Impressions

Having really enjoyed Jay Hogan’s Digging Deep when I read it last summer, I was eager to read more of her work.  First Impressions - the first in her Auckland Med. series - is her début novel (recently republished), an enjoyable enemies-to-lovers romance with an element of suspense/crime drama ...

B
Mr. Right Now

Mr. Right Now is a sweet, sexy novella featuring neighbours – a former marine and actor-turned-event planner - that takes place between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I’m not the biggest fan of novellas as I often find them rushed and lacking in characterisation and relationship development, but ...

C
Duty or Desire

Duty or Desire is a perfectly fine mid-level contemporary romance in which the woman in the relationship is the billionaire and The closely knit Westmoreland family and their extended clan have gathered to celebrate the housewarming for Bane Westmoreland and his new wife Crystal when an elderly c ...

C-
Unspoken

Kelly Rimmer’s Unspoken is a marriage-in-trouble, second-chance romance that left even this romantic certain that divorce has a place in this world. Paul Winton is naked in front of his wife. Tragically, this isn’t a prelude to sex. He’s at their vacation home, which she’s taking in the d ...